Microsoft Awarded 500 Million Dollars to Develop HoloLens
Last Year, Microsoft was given nearly 500 million dollars by the U.S. Army to propel their HoloLens technology to a whole new level.
These special spectacles are able to present a wide variety of information to the user from augmented reality training to maintenance specifications. The holoLens can also connect to the internet, allowing the user to reach out to their peers about important and time sensitive matters without having to leave the service location or plant floor.
In addition to the glasses’ data connectivity potential, the United States Government wanted to develop it further so soldiers in the field could use it to obtain data about their current mission in realtime.
They’ve been calling this newly improved headset the Integrated Visual Augmentation System or IVAS. As test continue to take place regarding the technology’s ability to retrieve strategic data, one of which includes a view of the soldier’s gunsight, the Marine Corps are looking to take this technology even higher.
The IVAS could be linked to cameras on aircrafts like MV-22 Osprey and F-35 fighter jet, as stated by officials at the Pentagon’s Close Combat Lethality Task Force. The hope is that the cameras would be able to provide a bird’s eye view to the soldiers, helping them better understand the battlefield and what obstacles surround them e.g. terrain changes, inclosing enemy forces, or severe weather patterns.
In addition to use n the field, this technology could be extremely useful for preparing troops for a variety of unique fighting situations by train them against virtual enemies.
The second round of evaluations for both Army and Marine Corps troops will be conducted this fall, according to Military.com. The Army is looking to have an initial version ready by 2021.
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